Energy Initiatives

The following is a list of energy conservation initiatives and best practices implemented by our Energy Management department.

CHILLER PLANTS

HVAC is a major component of the total energy expenditure in a building, Campus Facilities are heavily reliant on the utilization of air conditioning and humidity control systems.  Chiller plants are major infrastructure systems that produce refrigerated chilled water needed to deliver air conditioning to commercial/ institutional buildings.  Our Chiller Plant initiatives include:

  • Expansion of chilled water capacity to eliminate inefficient standalone equipment
  • Migration and expansion of campus wide Energy Management Systems (EMS)
  • Robust preventive maintenance (PM) programs to ensure optimal operations
  • Evaluation and selection of rate strategies
  • Seasonal and peak demand management
  • Monitoring and optimizing of equipment run times 
  • Modification of operational schedules to reduce equipment run-times
  • Coordination with the Office of the Registrar, Facilities Liaisons and Building Coordinators to complete shutdown of select buildings
  • Ongoing benchmarking
  • Test and balance
  • Commissioning and recommissioning to ensure equipment optimization.
  • Monthly energy reporting to monitor building occupant energy consumption.

BUILDING MECHANICAL SYSTEMS

Building mechanical systems consist of equipment needed to distribute chilled water to air conditioning equipment, and in turn distribute conditioned air to the occupied spaces within the building.  Our Building Mechanical Systems initiatives include:

  • Use of Energy Management Systems to satisfy building needs.
  • Implementation of efficiently engineered mechanical systems such as Variable Air Volume (VAV) systems.
  • Installation of Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) in air conditioning and pump motors.
  • Installation of energy recovery systems that use return air energy from occupied space to assist in conditioning incoming fresh air.
  • Implementation of a robust preventive maintenance programs to ensure equipment optimization.
  • Standardization of room temperatures throughout all campus buildings.
  • Ongoing benchmarking.
  • Test and balance.
  • Commissioning and recommissioning to ensure equipment optimization.
  • Monthly energy reporting to monitor building occupant energy consumption.

LIGHTING SYSTEMS

Interior lighting is a major component of the total energy expenditure in a building and is heavily reliant on the utilization of automated lighting systems and controls. Our interior lighting initiative involves retrofiting current campus facilities.  Our component design standards going forward guides us on all new construction and renovations.

Our Lighting Systems initiatives include:

  • Installation of occupancy sensors where appropriate.
  • Conversion to T-8 fluorescent lamps with electronic ballasts.
  • Elimination of incandescent lamp uses and purchases on campus.
  • Program to install Light Emitting Dioxides (LED) lamps and compact fluorescent (CFL) lamps for improved energy savings and lighting quality.
  • Implement daylight harvesting where applicable.
  • Relamping program to consistently upgrade/update to latest lamp technology.
  • Continuous research of innovative lighting system technologies.

Exterior Lighting is a major component of total  energy expenditure as well.  Our department is committed to an exterior lighting retrofit program with the most energy efficient lighting technology while keeping campus grounds well lit for all students, employees, and visitors.

Our Exterior Lighting initiatives includes:

  • Installation of LEDs and CFLs in pedestrian walkways.
  • Retrofitting of exterior areas of campus from halogen lamps to LEDs and CFLs. 
  • Retrofitting of all campus parking garages to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).
  • Installation of standalone solar lamp systems.

Recent Lighting retrofits have resulted in instant wattage reduction of over 100,000 kWh. Significant consumption reduction are expected through our ongoing retrofit programs. 

BUILDING ELECTRICAL LOADS

Building electrical loads (“plug loads”) is comprised of office equipment, refrigeration, computers, residence halls, appliances, and other loads that plug into an electrical receptacle.

Our initiatives in this area include:

  • Installation of power monitoring devices.
  • Implementation of a purchasing policy mandating Energy Star rated appliances/ equipment.

WATER SYSTEMS

Our Energy department has implemented standards, practices and technologies to optimize campus water use to promote the University’s water conservation efforts. 

Our Water initiatives include:

  • Replacement of all student residence halls and apartments to low flow shower heads.
  • Installation of timer setting controls on the campus irrigation systems.
  • Ongoing aggressive leak detection program to prevent excessive water consumption.
  • Ongoing replacement program of urinals and toilets to low flow models.
  • Conversion of campus irrigation systems to well water in lieu of domestic water.

BUILDING ENVELOPE

We continuously survey and inspect the structural systems of all campus buildings in order to identify needed improvements to prevent energy consumption.  Our Building Envelope initiatives in this area include:

  • Implementation of an aggressive roof inspection program.
  • Installation of window tinting with energy saving film.  
  • Building inspection programs to identify reduced energy consumption.

FACILITIES MANAGEMENT VEHICLES

Real Estate and Facilities Management understands the environmental impact of fossil fuels and the contribution of gas powered vehicles utilized on campus.  Our department is committed to a reduction of campus emissions footprint contributed by its service vehicle fleet.

Our Fleet initiatives include:

  • Implementation of an “anti-idling” policy for the department’s service fleet.
  • Converstion of inefficient gas powered vehicles to electrical powered utility vehicles.
  • Reduction of high fuel consuming utility vehicles from the department’s service fleet.
  • Monthly monitoring of fuel consumption to identify opportunities.